Category: Of Course

Mike Deasy’s racing column.

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BHA failing in the equine welfare debate

It’s not long since these scribblings called for a robust response to those who campaign against racing using equine fatalities on racecourses to further their argument. The tenet of the proposed response was to...

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Racing prize-money: a right old pickle

Racing has got itself into a right old pickle over its finances and the impact this will have on prize-money. First, bookmakers installed fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) into its shops, and opened more...

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No complaints about the BHA’s equine flu action

The BHA is no stranger to coming under fire, and a few salvos have come from this direction. But, with the outbreak of equine flu and the decision to suspend racing, these scribblings are...

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TV racing: new names, same old annoyances

We have seen name changes to the specialist channels covering racing, but the same old bugbears continue to annoy. Various presenters on the racing channels should stop believing that they are God’s gift to...

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The Sun betting on new racing venture

These scribblings noted recently that The Sun has been active in the past few weeks in race sponsorship under the handle of Sun Racing, and it continues to be the case that barely a...

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Facing up to realities

If 2018 was a year when bookmakers received a bloody nose from the maximum stake for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals slashed from £100 to £2, this year they are unlikely to fare any better....

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Times not changing for the better

How ironic that The Times should devote close to a half a page in its news pages to report that its racing editor, Rob Wright, was the country’s leading tipster, just as reports were...

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It shouldn’t be difficult to watch away racing

It’s still a cause of annoyance how difficult it can be to watch away meetings at a racecourse. Newbury’s Challow Hurdle fixture is a case in point, with the Berkshire track’s racecard carrying the...